Chased & Engraved Early Victorian Silver Coffee Pot
Antique sterling silver coffee pot, Early Victorian by Benjamin Preston 1844. A sectional bulbous in form silver coffee pot, eight curved sections make up this silver coffee pot profile. Six sections have been finely chased & engraved with elaborate & intricate patterns. Each panel has a chased & engraved central feature with complementing decoration around the perimeter below the lid lip. Four of the six panels have a beautiful central panel with raised flora & fauna, see images 21,22. Both the central side panels have a cartouche, one with lion crest, the other with a floral engraved form.
The spout & handle have been lightly & sympathetically engrave to bind all elements of the coffee pot. The lid features five scrolls with ornate hinge & flower bud finial, engraved detail runs around the perimeter edge. The base of the coffee pot simulates the lid perimeter with scroll feet & adjoining swags. The coffee pot handle is connected to the body via two ornate ferrules with ivory insulators. Both the inside of the lid & the top of the handle are hallmarked along with the base depicting a full set of London assay marks, please see info details.
The lid has the lightest of play, seats well in rebate. Handle is tight in ferrules with pins all secure. Chased decoration is good with some light rubbing as expected. Surface marks representative of age with a small nick to a panel corner, about 5mm in length, of little detriment. Please see image 3 showing mark, about half way down the coffee pot. Coffee pot sits flat & level.